Belcher Mountain

February 14, 1925: Lawman Mack Day Killed by Bootlegger

Feb 14, 2020
Known as a shootist, Mack Day is known to have killed only three times.
E-WV/The Humanities Council

On February 14, 1925, lawman Mack Day was shot dead by a bootlegger at Pageton in McDowell County. The Virginia native had come to McDowell as a young man to mine coal.

He built a 14-room house for his wife and 12 children on Belcher Mountain. He joined the local Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, and eventually the Ku Klux Klan, during the Klan’s early-20th-century revival in West Virginia.